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Thursday, August 25, 2011

"The Emperor Of Ice Cream" by Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,

The muscular one, and bid him whip

In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.

Let the wenches dawdle in such dress

As they are used to wear, and let the boys

Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.

Let be be finale of seem.

The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,

Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet

On which she embroidered fantails once

And spread it so as to cover her face.

If her horny feet protrude, they come

To show how cold she is, and dumb.

Let the lamp affix its beam.

The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.


Sunnydaze said...

I'm lost on this one...

joe said...

It's a classic poem about a wake. I first read it as an excerpt in the novel 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

joe said...

To be honest I didn't think anyone was gonna comment on this post...